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2 years agoOttawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has been named the starter for Friday night's home game against the Dallas Stars. Anderson has won three of his last five starts, but that may have more to do with the goal support he has been receiving than his own play. Over his last five games, Anderson has matched his below-average .902 save percentage for the season, but the Senators have scored 3.80 goals per game. That scoring pace is well above their 2.77 goal-per-game average for the season. If his teammates can continue scoring at this rate, then Anderson will have a chance to win any game he plays. But against a Dallas team only allowing 2.63 goals against per game, that will be a difficult task.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Bruce Garrioch
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2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Boston was without defensemen Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy in addition to forwards Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk, all four of them missing the match due to injury. Khudobin did as well as he could against the ferocious Panthers offense, but the surging team got the better of him while holding the Bruins attack at bay. As the Bruins make their march for the playoffs, look for the 31-year-old netminder to share starts with Bruins No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask, as Boston attempts to rest their starter. Khudobin now holds a 15-6-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage this season.--Alex McKenzieSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoColumbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson registered three goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, including an empty-netter in the final frame. Atkinson now has six goals and 12 points in his last 10 games, continuing to revive his season after a poor first half. At only 58 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, there's a decent chance he's still available in your league, and he is worth the roster spot if he is.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist (70 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues) scored twice and added an assist as the Pens beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Thursday night. Combine that with 10 shots, three hits and a block, and it was a very strong fantasy night for the 31-year-old Swede. As long as Hornqvist spends time with Evgeni Malkin at even strength, he will have a chance to show up on the scoresheet every night.--Barry MilesSource: NHL
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had his second three-point game of the season on Thursday, collecting three assists in a 4-1 win over Detroit. He also now has his second longest point streak of the season, having collected a total of seven points on a four-game streak. Sitting on 51 points, Doughty is closing in fast on the league's top three highest scoring defensemen, possibly recording a couple of new career highs in the process. He had 59 points in 2009-10 with 43 assists, and he's already got 42 helpers this year. It's been a great season for the 2016 Norris Trophy winner, who needs to keep up his level of play if the Kings want to return to the playoffs.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar was involved in all four goals on Thursday night, as the team beat Detroit 4-1. He recorded the game-winning goal off the back of Wings goalie Jared Coreau thanks to a very weird bounce and picked up three assists to match a career high for a season with 51. Kopitar is also on course to break his points record set in 2009-10 with 81, as 10 points picked up on his current six-game streak have helped him to 80 already. He leads the team in goals, assists and points, making it a very nice bounce-back year after collecting just 52 points last season.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoNew York Islanders center Mathew Barzal did what he could on Thursday night, but Washington overwhelmed his team. Barzal got an assist, along with Jordan Eberle, on Andrew Ladd's 10th goal of the season. Barzal is now No. 9 in the league in that category, so that's something. If you need assists, he's a good source.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoIt was bound to happen. New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson was going to fall back to Earth after a strong start. The Capitals made sure that happened on Thursday night in Brooklyn, chasing the young goalie after he allowed five goals. It's still way too early to see Gibson being any kind of use in fantasy hockey. It doesn't help that the Islanders have been playing horribly. Avoid him.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoMontreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen scored a goal in the 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. As of late, Lehkonen has been shooting a lot more (3.5 shots per game in his last four) and finding the back of the net, with four goals in his last four games. Lehkonen is only 22 years old and still has a lot of learning to do in the NHL. However, he is benefiting from the numerous amount of injuries the Canadiens have with second-even strength and second power-play unit time. If you are in need of some shots and possibly some goal scoring right now, the Habs play Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Lehkonen could be a nice stream.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoFlorida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov was a big part of the Panthers win over the visiting Bruins on Thursday night. The winger dug out the puck down low to continue the offensive cycle, leading to the first goal of the game (Aaron Ekblad’s eventual game-winner). Before the first period was 10 minutes old, Dadonov gained the zone and fed a beautiful saucer pass to the tape of Nick Bjugstad to increase the Panthers’ lead to two. The pair of assists marks the seventh multi-point game in just his last 10 outings. Now with 54 points in the campaign, Dadonov has been a huge influence in the Panthers recent success and they will continue to lean on him as they chase a wild-card spot. Dadonov can be comfortably started in all formats.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoFollowing an upsetting loss to the lowly Ottawa Senators in which Florida Panthers starter Roberto Luongo allowed five goals on 25 shots, head coach Bob Boughner tapped James Reimer for that start against the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Reimer proved up to the task, turning away all 46 shots he faced from the hobbled Bruins side. It was only the second time this season the Bruins had been shut out, the first coming all the way back in their second game of the year. The shutout brings Reimer’s season total to three, each of which have come against divisional teams. Reimer has picked up his play since a rough January, winning four of his last five starts, but he has seen his role reduced with Luongo’s return from injury. Reimer is still well worth streaming when he gets starts. Be sure to keep an eye on him.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau solidified Toronto’s win on Thursday with an empty-net goal and also had the primary assist on defenseman Connor Carrick’s game-winner. The points increased Marleau’s streak to five games, and the empty-netter marked goals in three straight games. Marleau has been skating on a line with Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov and while the production for Komarov hasn’t seen an uptick, Kadri has been a great source of scoring for the Leafs. The 38-year-old is less than 60 percent owned in both Yahoo and ESPN leagues but is showing that he still has what it takes to be productive, having reached the 20-goal mark for the 15th time in his career.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBuffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart scored in the Sabres’ 5-2 loss at the hands of the Maple Leafs on Thursday. The goal was his fourth in his last six games, as he has found a way to remain productive amidst Buffalo’s poor season. The 22-year-old now has 26 points in his last 26 games. Reinhart has seen a lot of work playing on Buffalo’s top line with Ryan O’Reilly and Scott Wilson, as he has seen ice time in excess of 20 minutes in three consecutive outings. He would be a good streaming option late in the fantasy season, given his current sustained output.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring, netting the first two goals of their game in Buffalo on Thursday. That makes five goals in his last two games, adding to the hat trick he tallied on Wednesday. The goals Thursday mark 31 on the season, setting a new career high for the 28-year-old. His two goals on as many shots have brought his shooting percentage up to 15.1, also the best of his career. Despite going pointless in four games prior to Wednesday’s contest, van Riemsdyk has been a stellar contributor to Toronto’s offense this season. Owners can feel confident starting van Riemsdyk down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoDetroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen (head) has been cleared to return and was practicing on the third line in advance of Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Nielsen missed three games after taking a blow to the head in a game against the Boston Bruins. He looks to be playing with speedster Andreas Athanasiou again at even strength, as well as regaining his position on the top power-play unit, which should provide some scoring opportunity. Nielsen only has 28 points on the year with 14 goals, but he has a healthy 12.8 percent shooting percentage, which is his highest mark since 2013. His return will benefit Detroit on the ice more than it will for any fantasy rosters, however, so unless you are desperate for a center, his return does not really move the needle.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Dana Wakiji

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